This half term we have been learning about the ROMAN EMPIRE through 'I AM A WARRIOR' topic. We know the Romans invaded and settled in Britain in 43AD fighting the Celts.
The Roman soldiers were equipped with strong weapons and wore tough armour.
Britain was conquered because the Romans had an organised army. Their success lay in the organisation of their army, the formations they used in battle, the weapons they used and their life of constant practise in the army. The TORTOISE or TESTUDO formation was the famous and strong structure when they went into fight. This arrangement involved the soldiers placing their shields over their heads to form a protective ‘shell’ over the toop of the men and the front line holding their shields up in front.
Most Roman coins had imagery of an emperor on one side. In class we made Roman coins with our own print.
The ancient Romans thought the use of coins was really clever. They did what they always did when they found something clever - they copied it from the Greeks. At first, the Romans put pictures of gods and goddesses on their coins, again an idea they borrowed from the ancient Greeks. Pretty soon, they began to put pictures of buildings on their coins. They were the first to add symbols like stars and eagles on their coins. Some of their coins pictured current emperors. These coins were supposed to help make an emperor popular.
Most Roman coins were made of bronze,silver and gold, made in various sizes.
The children in class painted their coins which they sculptured, in their choice of colour.
The children are finding this topic so interesting, they’ve been working at home too, creating posters of what they have learnt.
To follow on this topic, Year 4 made Roman biscuits.
Rome was very big on honey. It was used as the universal sweetener in Roman baking. Honey cookies go back a long way. Romans served them at occasions to their guests as a classic dessert food. It was also eaten with breakfast for it's biscuit qualities. The Romans would decorate the honey cookies by sometimes adding sesame seeds or by forming them into various shapes.
Last week the parents were invited to year 4’s Roman Topic Presentation.
First, they began with presenting a song to the parents summarising what Romans were like.
This entailed the children showing their powerpoint presentation of ROMANS to their parents. The children created their powerpoint using different fonts, sizing, colour, importing images, transitions, animations, design and so on.
Next, the parents were led down to a ROMAN MUSEUM. Here, there were Roman coins that the children had made out of clay and then painted.
There were also shields that the children designed with their own emblem.
In the background a virtual display of a battle between gladiators in the Roman Colosseum was being played. The parents and children enjoyed themselves at the exhibition whilst eating the lovely ROMAN SERPETTE biscuits the children had made.
A Year 4 child brought in some Roman pottery to show the class what the real ornament must have looked like in the Roman era.